Re: Fedora - not a happy experience
Sounds like you rushed in without doing research. A few suggestions that may make your experience better if you were to try again:
Originally Posted by desertboy
1) Fedora does not use "sudo" by default. In fact, I think Ubuntu may be the only distro that does. To get root access you need to switch to the root user (typing the command 'su -' accomplishes this).
2) If you really prefer sudo, you can enable it by uncommenting the appropriately labeled line in /etc/sudoers. You then need to add your user to the group called wheel. After logging out and back in you should be able to use sudo like in Ubuntu (although to get access to all the commands you need to modify your path, as Fedora does not give the local users access to everything by default... if you really want to go this far see fedoraforums.org)
3) Check out the distro which you are trying's forums. For fedora, the primary forums are a http://fedoraforum.org.
4) Is that a wireless or a wired nic? Not sure why a wired nic would not work... perhaps a bad burn? I cannot think of any reason for it at least. I would post this at fedoraforum.org if you want a solution.
5) Using root access, you could have modified the menu.lst file to get to get Ubuntu to boot. Since you didn't know how, an alternative method (re-installing Ubuntu's grub, it would have found Fedora's) could be found here: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Re...ct=RestoreGrub.
6) To mount Ubuntu's partitions, you need to manually mount them (if you did not set mount-points at install time). To do this, you need to identify the partition name (as root), by typing 'fdisk -l'. Then using the mount command (mount /dev/partition /mount/point). You could also add that mount point and partition to the /etc/fstab file to have it automatically mount every time.
7) I would avoid LVMs if you get the chance again. They are really neat and allow you to do some great things (single volumes spanning multiple drives, for instance), but unless you have a need, they are often more trouble than they are worth.
8) Mentioned it before, but research the distro you are trying before you use it. You would/could have run into almost all of these problems with any distro. I would highly recommend reading all the literature and forums before installing (especially for distro's like gentoo... in fact I would print the 60+ page manual before installing that one ) so nothing surprising comes up.
Hope this helps, good luck trying distro's!
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